Garnet: January Birthstone and Jewel of Love

The fiery red garnet is most commonly known as the birthstone for those born in the month of January, but it is also the gemstone that is commonly given on a second wedding anniversary.   And although most people associate a garnet as being a deep red color, they actually come in a variety of colors including red, brown, purple, green and orange. 

          Spessartite Garnet Boho Flower Ring

          Spessartite Garnet Boho Flower Ring

These beautiful stones have quite a history that spans over 5,000 years.  They were a popular adornment in the jewelry of Ancient Rome, and also found in Egyptian burials.  They get their name from the Latin word , granatum, which means pomegranate, because this shiny red jewel resembles the fruit's shiny red edible seeds.  Back in the Renaissance times, it was common to have garnets set in signet rings, which were used by many wealthy families as seals for personal documents by pressing the ring into hot wax to form a stamped wax seal.

                                         Garnet Cluster Earrings

                                         Garnet Cluster Earrings

Since garnets are natural gemstones that are mined directly from the earth, it is believed that they hold some of nature's special magic as well.  In the past, garnets were exchanged by parting friends to ensure that they would each remain safe while away from one another and assure that they would meet again in the future.  They are stones that encourage deep love and true friendship, and are also commonly used as a protection stone that projects highly charged positive vibrations that repel negative and harmful energies, protecting the wearer from harm. 

Garnet is one of my personal all time favorite stones.  There is something very majestic about it, and between the varying colors, history and magical properties, how can you not fall under its spell.